this blog post. The de-cluttering is ongoing and the sewing machine was donated, so any sewing projects will now have to be limited to hand sewing or using glue.
Here is a very easy DIY using some of the remaining wool felt, silk necklace cord, eyelet, wood beads, glue, and a crystal letter "C" purchased for 25 cents. The silk cord was also a clearance item for 25 cents, just thought I'd throw that info out there, and I have another in the pack. Bargain shopper.
Cut the felt with pinking shears or whichever scissors you desire. I cut three small rectangles for layering. Eyeball or measure precisely the rectangles or make them circles or triangles if you wish. Iron the crystal letter on the smallest rectangle according to the package directions, let cool before handling.
While the crystal is cooling, decide where you want to place the eyelet on the largest rectangle.
Punch a hole for the eyelet- I used a paper punch- and attach the eyelet. If you don't have eyelets, no biggie, but they give a smoother, cleaner finish. A small grommet is another option.
Glue the middle size rectangle on top of the largest rectangle and glue the personalized rectangle on top of the middle one.
Thread the silk cord through the eyelet, make a knot, thread a bead, make a knot. I made this bookmark to slide over the cover and inside a hardback book of about 9.5 inches tall. If you need a bookmark for paperbacks, size the silk cord to that. The cord is doubled. One length goes over the front of the book and one length inside the book.
Near the bottom of the cord, thread beads. Between the middle and last bead, tie a couple of knots. Tie knots after the last bead and finish off the cord with a bow or however you want it to look. The other beads can move freely, being sized up to fit snugly on a smaller book.
I considered whip-stitching, beading, and embroidering the bookmark, maybe that'll be another project. I hope the printed book never disappears. Kindles and e-readers are great, but there's comfort in actually turning the pages of a book you hold in your lap.